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La Liga News: 7 January 2015; Villarreal Let Two Goal Lead Slip, Alvaro Negredo Scores Hat-Trick in Valencia Win

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Real Madrid eye world-record swoop for Chelsea superstar | The Transfer Tavern
Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are quietly sinking their pints and looking increasingly concerned, as it becomes apparent that they’re extremely likely to lose their star-man this year. The Daily Star state Real Madrid will blow the transfer window wide open in the summer by launching a world-record bid of £100m for Belgian sensation Eden Hazard.

Madrid finally looks to Barcelona blueprint with Zidane appointment -
Real Madrid has finally deciced to take a leaf out of the Barcelona book. With Rafa Benitez now in the past, the future is all about Zinedine Zidane, a man who graced the Santiago Bernabeu as a player and - it is hoped - can inspire similar success to that achieved by Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique at the Catalan club.

‘Anti-Espanyol campaign worked’ | Football Espana
Espanyol captain Javi Lopez believes there was an anti-Espanyol campaign in the Press following their draw with Barcelona in La Liga. The Catalan clubs played out a 0-0 on Saturday and then met in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, Espanyol taking the lead, having two players sent off and losing 4-1, Lopez alleging media complaints about their approach in the League the cause.

Valencia 4 - 0 Granada - SkySports
Negredo has been given a new lease of life under coach Gary Neville and the win was a confidence boost for Valencia, who have yet to pick up a victory in La Liga under the former Manchester United and England defender.

Copa del Rey round-up: Athletic Bilbao fight back against Villarreal | Sky Sports
Villarreal got off to a great start at the San Mames with Leo Baptistao and Samuel Garcia giving the visitors a 2-0 lead going into the break. But Bilbao, who were unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions, drew level through Inaki Williams and Aritz Aduriz before Aymeric Laporte slid in to give the hosts the edge ahead of next Wednesday's second leg.

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